1923 Ahrens Fox fire engine

Today was the annual muster and rally at the Quinn Fire Academy in Chicago. One of the highlights was a 1923 Ahrens Fox  fire engine from the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago.

1923 Ahrens Fox fire engine
1923 Ahrens Fox fire engine. Larry Shapiro photo

When I photograph an antique rig, I grab some overall shots of the rig and then I concentrate on some detail closeups.

1923 Ahrens Fox fire engine
Closeup of the pump. Larry Shapiro photo

One of the most important aspects of the closeup is a shallow depth of field. You want to isolate the detail from everything else to increase be sure you draw the viewer right into the image.

1923 Ahrens Fox fire engine
Larry Shapiro photo

I choose different areas, especially the name or data plates which are of interest.

1923 Ahrens Fox fire engine
Larry Shapiro photo

The older plates are classic … much nicer in many cases than those on new apparatus today.

1923 Ahrens Fox fire engine
Larry Shapiro photo

Just another image … because the engine¬†so cool!

 

Additionally, I look for the human interest aspects of any event that I photograph. Here, a young boy sat on top of an engine … presumably with his father … and helped direct a master stream from one of the engines on display.

young boy helps father on fire truck
A young firefighter … in training. Larry Shapiro photo